Tip of the Week – Headings

Screen shot of WordPress editor window with format drop down list

Best Practices

Keep them short and use only when necessary!

Heading elements mark the beginning of chunks of content. They provide us with a way to quickly navigate section by section and create structure out of blobs of text. Use heading level 2 for main sections and heading level 3 for the subsections. It’s easy to use them – highlight the heading, then use the Format drop down list in the editors’ window to apply the format.

Here’s why : You will be making your content much more attractive and accessible to everyone, but especially to those using assistive technology.

When you glance at a Web page, what’s likely to catch your eye – a few words in a big and bold font? Or a blob of text?

The short phrase that’s big and bold, right?

But if you can’t see the content, if a screen reader like JAWS reads that page to you, it has no way of knowing that those few words are important unless you tell it that they are. And you do that by marking them up as headings, not as bold paragraphs.

Content That is Big and Bold

If you do want a blob of content to be big and bold, for whatever reason, that’s where University Relations comes in. Contact the office at extension 2097, for help in getting the look you want, while keeping your content accessible!

What Do You Want To Know?

These tips are designed to help us all better understand the requirements of our Web Accessibility Policy and to offer some shortcuts and hints that will help you as you create and update your Web sites.

Questions and suggestions for future hints are welcome! Just send an email or fill out our online form.